Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 914. Pity.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section III. Sympathetic Affections
3. Special Sympathetic Affections
914. Pity.
NOUN:PITY, compassion, commiseration; bowels, - of compassion; sympathy, fellow-feeling, tenderness, soft-heartedness, yearning, forbearance, humanity, mercy, clemency; leniency (lenity) [See Lenity]; exorability, exorableness; charity, ruth, long-suffering.
  melting mood; argumentum ad misericordiam [L.]; quarter, grace, locus pænitentiæ [L.].
  SYMPATHIZER; advocate, friend, par- tisan, patron, wellwisher, defender, champion.
VERB:PITY; have -, show -, take- pity &c. n.; commiserate, compassionate; condole [See Condolence]; sympathize; feel for, be sorry for, yearn over; weep, melt, thaw, enter into the feelings of.
  forbear, relent, relax, give quarter, wipe the tears, parcere subjectis [L.]; give a coup de grâce [F.], put out of one’s misery; be cruel to be kind.
  RAISE or EXCITE PITY &c. n.; touch, soften, melt, melt the heart; appeal, - to one’s better feelings; propitiate, disarm.
  SUPPLICATE (request) [See Request]; ask for mercy &c. n.; cry for quarter, beg one’s life, kneel; deprecate.
ADJECTIVE:PITYING &c. v.; pitiful, compassionate, sympathetic, touched.
  merciful, clement, ruthful; humane; humanitarian (philanthropic) [See Philanthropy]; tender, tender-hearted; soft, soft-hearted; unhardened; lenient [See Lenity]; exorable, forbearing; melting &c. v.; weak.
INTERJECTION:for pity’s sake! mercy! have -, cry you- mercy! God help you! poor -thing, - dear, - fellow! woe betide! quis talia fando temperet a lachrymis! [Vergil].
  1. One’s heart bleeding for.
  2. Haud ignara mali miseris succurrere disco.—Vergil
  3. A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind.—Garrick
  4. Onor di bocca assai giova e poco costa.
  5. Taught by that Power that pities me, I learn to pity them.—Goldsmith



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